Palestine's UN ambassador hails UNGA vote as 'political victory'

Israeli Deputy Ambassador to the UN Noa Furman addresses the UN General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS: The Palestinians won backing Tuesday to lead the biggest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations, raising their profile at the world body despite opposition from the United States.

In the framework of article 125 of the 73rd session's agenda of the General Assembly, on enhancing the United Nations system, Egypt circulated a draft resolution on the presidency of G77 and China for 2019, which elected Palestine, an unregistered member of the United Nations organization.

"Today's United Nations mistake undermines the prospects for peace by encouraging the illusion held by some Palestinian leaders that they can advance their goals without direct peace negotiations", Haley said in a statement.

On Tuesday, 146 countries voted in favor of Palestine to head the Group of 77.

"He added that diplomatic moves continue to convince countries that do not recognize Palestine it that it is a responsible country that enjoys political wisdom, enabling it to be a full United Nations member state".

"Today's vote represents multilateralism at its best", said the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine, who spoke after the draft's adoption.

The minister highlighted that Palestine, as next President of G-77 plus China, considers that the worldwide consensus to give its confidence ansd vote to raise its status in the United Nations is a challenge that will become opportunities for the benefit of the bloc and the world.

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There were 15 abstentions and 29 countries didn't vote.

However, the assembly disregarded USA and Israeli opposition and voted 146-to-3 with 15 abstentions to approve the resolution. Israel captured those territories in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed East Jerusalem in a move not recognized internationally.

The new authorities include the right to make statements, submit proposals and introduce them on behalf of the G77, among others, the release added.

The General Assembly of the United Nations voted this Wednesday in favor of the resolution project presented by Egypt that gives the State of Palestine the rights and capacity necessaries to carry out the functions and usual practices as President of G-77. Much of what the Organization has achieved in the development sphere is inspired and shaped by the Group of 77, he stressed.

He said it was an expression of respect for the decision of the Group of 77 and China to elect the State of Palestine as its chair for the year 2019 by consensus, following the endorsement by the Asia-Pacific group of the State of Palestine's candidature, also by consensus.

"The Palestinians are not a UN Member State or any state at all".

"The greater challenge is to translate these symbolic victories, important as they may be, into substantive achievements", he declared.

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